by Matuschka Lindo
Getting through Halloween is the beginning of the Trick for a midlife girl like me. It's the beginning of my teetering like a seesaw until the end of the year. It starts with when do I buy the Halloween candy. Really Matuschka? Let's be honest here, if you buy that candy before the afternoon of October 31, you will eat every single piece of candy you buy! So begins my good angel, bad angel conversation into the Holiday Season. The pendulum starts swinging at Halloween with the treats and for a mid-lifer this is worse than a poisoned apple. Sugar is poison in so many ways, not only does it make us fat, cause diabetes, and is as addictive as many drugs. It also ages you faster once you hit about 35. I repeat, step away from the candy! They say giving up sugar can take 20 years off you! Wowza!
Moving along, now looming is Thanksgiving. Not only does this open the floodgates of the food festival in my mind. It also is the seasonal transition of food and drink. Yes, I am a seasonal eater and drinker. Thanksgiving brings in a new harvest of roasted vegetables, casseroles, pot roasts and just heavier meals in general. The libations change to accommodate the more festive season and cold winter nights. Bye bye Grey Goose on the rocks and to all my white liquor and wine. Hello Old Fashion Manhattans, Scotch and red wines! It's like I'm a bear getting ready for winter hibernation? What the hell is wrong with me. I can't keep eating and drinking like this as I get ever so closer to 50-something. Studies say when you have a drink, you burn less fat, and more slowly than usual, because the alcohol is used as fuel instead. GRRRRR Oh, it gets better! Knocking back the equivalent of about two martinis can reduce your body's fat-burning ability by up to 73%. I've had to limit my alcohol to two drinks on an evening out. I am becoming a light weight as I age and that is not uncommon… alcohol's effect changes as people age.
My battle of good and evil from October to December takes the hardest plunge as Christmas rolls in. If you are wondering there are only 63 more days until Christmas... GULP. I love to bake, I love cookie parties (Can't wait Amanda) and I love all the Christmas parties. Everything about it is magical to me even at mid-life. Dressing up for the evening, taking a great bottle of wine to share, hearing about gifts that spouses are getting to surprise their loved one… It's all so fun and celebratory. So how? How am I supposed to say no to all the holiday desserts that are seasonal. The Christmas cookies, or special Christmas cake? I'm already struggling with the pumpkin spiced lattes and the salted carmel mocha's. How do you enjoy the season and not fall off the damn seesaw! Tell me grinch! Here's an article that says we can enjoy the holidays and all the treats if we focus on these few tricks...
There you have it, my October - December confession. Regardless of all the advice above we are going to eat some candy. The least I can do is guide you through this sticky situation. Below are candy recommendations from The American Council on Exercise. Hmmm not sure where my Butterfingers and Snickers belong?
- Reese's Peanut Butter Cups: This Halloween favorite packs a whopping 105 calories each, and 50 of those calories come from fat.
- Mounds Snack Size: Dark chocolate and coconut sound like they could be healthy, but guess again. The first ingredient is corn syrup, and even the snack size bar contains 80 calories, half of them from fat.
- Almond Joy Snack Size: Once again, you could fool yourself into thinking almonds are healthy, but these little bars also contain 80 calories apiece, half from fat.
- Kit Kat Snack Size Bars: Break off just three pieces and you'll consume 210 calories, 90 calories from fat, which makes it one of the higher caloric bars and also high in fat.
- Starburst Original Fruit Chews: Like many fat-free products, this candy is loaded with sugar. But, you can enjoy nine pieces for 150 calories and no fat (but watch out for the 22 grams of sugar).
- Dum Dum Pops: This may not be at the top of everyone's favorites list, but don't rule it out. At 59 calories per serving size—or three lollipops—the Dum Dum is a low-caloric sugary treat you can enjoy for hours.
- Tootsie Roll: The chewy Tootsie Roll also can take a long time to eat, so enjoy those 140 calories, with 30 calories from fat.
- Brach's Candy Corn: This Halloween tradition is a sugar bomb with salt. But you can grab a large handful—26 pieces to be exact—and gobble up 150 calories with no fat.
- Jolly Rancher Hard Candy: Enjoy three Jolly Ranchers and still stay below 100 calories with no fat.
- Peeps Marshmallow Pumpkins: These little marshmallows are mostly piles of sugar. But they're still lower in calories and fat than most chocolate treats. And since it might be difficult to eat eight (one serving) at once, you will probably get less calories, fat and sugar. If you do eat eight, you'll get 130 calories, no fat and a whopping 29 grams of sugar.
- York Snack Size Peppermint Patties: If you'd rather satisfy your chocolate craving than try to substitute other sugary treats, then reach for a Peppermint Patty. It scores better than most chocolate bars with 50 calories and 1 gram of fat.
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
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